Hungarian novelist Arthur Koestler was asked what is the most significant date in human history? He responded without hesitation – “August 6, 1945, when Hiroshima was destroyed by one atomic bomb. Before that date we had only to contend with our own individual death; after Hiroshima we must cope with extinction of our species.” Global [...]
The Arizona Republic (October 22, 2017) had one idea – The Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act. Editors of the column neglected one possibility in examining the nauseating frequency of USA mass shootings. Could carnage occurring in churches, night clubs, theaters (Lafayette, LA) or anywhere people assemble from Boston to Texas and beyond be a reflection [...]
Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) is a heroic abolitionist of slavery who carried on his campaign in Alton, Illinois. In their first assault, pro slavery advocates beat Lovejoy. He continued until the second assault when the ruffians who supported slavery beat him again then threw his printing press into the Mississippi river. Undaunted, Lovejoy carried on [...]
“Today in History” columns of newspapers are rewarding reading. Is it patriotism or historical blindness that allow writers of such columns to forget the indisputable fact Salvador Allende, a democratically elected President of Chile was surrounded by tanks near the Presidential residence, then overthrown by a bloody coup on 9/11/1973? ”9/11” in New York City [...]
Every semi-literate person in the atomic age recalls Albert Einstein’s 1946 warning: “The unleashed power of the atom bomb has changed everything, except our modes of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” (The Quotable Einstein p. 175) All major news sources in the United States have seemingly done their utmost to prevent awareness [...]
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists places a “Doomsday Clock” on every issue. Midnight is the hour of nuclear conflagration. With the arrival of Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief the minute hand has been moved forward. It now stands at 2 minutes and thirty seconds before 12 o’clock. Prior to Mr. Trump’s arrival the United States began [...]
Recently, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it moved its symbolic nuclear doomsday clock minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight. Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/27/2-12-minutes-midnight-our-world-peril Filmaker Regis Tremblay's new film just released is entitled “Thirty Seconds to Midnight.” See the online version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bsrFyLz6U Potential nuclear war [...]
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists editors moved their “Doomsday Clock” forward 30 seconds to midnight in January. February 1st the US put Iran “On Notice” for testing a missile. It is 11:57 and counting. The USA by means of serpentine CIA actions overthrew the elected Mosaddegh government of Iran in August 1953 and placed a dictatorial [...]
Which 21st century leader could openly support universal adoption of L-41 to abolish nuclear weapons? Would not the future of Earth, our “common home” and all living creatures be aborted in the event of another nuclear exchange? Who will be the potentate to call for use of nuclear weapons the third time?
While living in Ossining, NY during the 1960’s, I listened to my friend Jim Beach from Tarrytown, NY give honest political reports about events each evening on Radio WHUD (Tarrytown is a city on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City). One day Jim received a phone call from a man in Cleveland who said “Your political comments would no longer be needed.” Jim and I were somewhat shocked to discover his astute progressive political observations would be replaced by a corporate takeover.